On Friday, October 25, 2019, from 7 to 9 a.m., Easton’s 37th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. This year’s breakfast will feature Frederick E. Spence, Jr., Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer with Provident State Bank, and Tori Brummell, Customer Service Representative, Easton Utilities. Music will be provided by Allegro Academy’s Women’s Chorus.
Spence is currently an Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer with Provident State Bank. Prior to that, he served in a number of capacities with Nations Bank and its predecessor, Maryland National Bank. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the Baltimore College of Commerce, now the University of Baltimore and is a graduate of the Shore Leadership Class of 2007.
He has served as Past President of a number of organizations, including the Denton Jaycees, Channel Marker Foundation, the Memorial Hospital Association, the United Way of Caroline County, the Denton Little League, and the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a board member of the Blood Bank of the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake College Foundation. He previously was a Board of Trustees member and Investment Chairperson of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Presently, he serves on the Board of the Federalsburg Economic Development Corporation and the Denton Development Corporation. His rewards have included Caroline County Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year (2012), Maryland Modified Softball Hall of Fame (2005), and The Mid-Shore Board of Realtors Affiliate of the Year (2017), and Caroline County Chamber Champion Hall of Fame (2019).
Spence will share how his battle to overcome prostate cancer led him to talk with men’s civic and religious groups to discuss the facts and fiction of prostate cancer, his faith and the importance of friends. Spence’s goal is to share “the difference God makes in our lives if we have faith and trust in him.” Since then, Spence organized “Food for Learning,” an organization which helps to feed 500 school children on weekends in Caroline County who are experiencing food insecurity.”
Tori Brummell is a native of Talbot County and currently has been a Customer Service Representative at Easton Utilities for 15 years. She graduated from Easton High School in 1983 and went on to further her studies in business and counseling at Chesapeake Bible College and Kee Business College. She is the mother of her late son, Korzon Brooks, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 14, and a daughter, Jhyana Brummell, who graduated from Morgan State University in 2017.
After over 30 years of drug addiction, Tori obtained sobriety in 1999. She utilized her faith and love for God to obtain a drug-free lifestyle along with the help of AA and NA programs. She later moved on to become an ordained Evangelist in November of 2007. In March of 2008, Tori founded the Mid-Shore Fresh Start Program Inc. It was a transitional house for males who struggle with Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse. The Fresh Start Program provided shelter, recovery, guidance, counsel, and support for residents looking to obtain sobriety and independence. The program, which closed in 2019, helped numbers of recovering addicts to transition back into the community as productive members of society.
Brummell loves God, and her heart’s desire is “To give hope to the hopeless.” Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Tickets to the 2018 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast may be purchased at the Easton Town Office and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce beginning October 1. The cost is $12 a person and seating is limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. For further information, contact Kathy Ruf at 410-822-2525.